These UMES alums are glad to have pebbles in their (golf) shoes

Jan 23, 2017
UMES Office of Public Relations

One of the PGA tour's signature golf tournaments takes place at the Pebble Beach Resorts each February and two newly minted UMES alumni will be working on the 2017 edition from a front-row seat.

Norman Blanco and Bobby Donson parlayed senior-year internships in UMES' PGA golf management program into assistant club pro jobs at the renowned venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the central California coast.

“I'm trying to be humble about the whole experience,” said Blanco, who grew up in New Orleans. “But, yeah, I have to pinch myself when I think about it.”

From dodging bombs to hitting them from a tee box

Nov 11, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--James Robinson, a 20-year U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to war-torn Iraq a decade ago, knows exactly what he wants to do with the next phase of his life.

The 41-year-old sophomore at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is pursuing a college degree in PGA golf management.

“It’s the perfect fit for me,” Robinson said this week. “There’s a sense of freedom and flexibility in doing something I really enjoy doing.”

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Trust says it's seeking applicants for $12,500 worth of awards and scholarships.

The Annapolis-based nonprofit organization said Wednesday it's accepting applications and nominations until Dec. 5 for teacher of the year, high school or college student of the year, and the Honorable Arthur Dorman Award.

The Dorman award, named for a former chairman, goes to a high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires others and participates in environmental or community improvement.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if you're not a champion speller, there's a way to win a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

For the second straight year, Scripps has launched its "Spellebrity" video contest.

Students who enter will produce videos about their love of reading. A panel of judges will pick the best 10 videos, and a public vote will determine the top five. The kids who make those videos will be invited to next year's bee, which will be held late May at a convention center outside Washington.

Tri-County College Fair an annual community service

Oct 12, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

High school juniors and seniors can connect with representatives from colleges across the country at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Tri-County College Fair.  

The event, in its 15th year, is free and takes place Thurs., Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

UMES faculty member receives U.S. patent

Oct 12, 2016

Dr. Yuanwei Jin is the first faculty member in two decades to be the primary recipient of a U.S. Patent assigned exclusively to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.Credit UMES Office of Public RelationsEdit | Remove

Dr. Yuanwei Jin has come up with an invention that could head off energy pipeline ruptures like the one that caused gasoline prices to spike in September, and he’s been issued a patent for his unique idea.

Group accuses Indian River district of racial discrimination

Oct 4, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Sussex County citizens group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Indian River School District of racial discrimination.

The Coalition for Education Reform claims that the district is using the George Washington Carver Academy, a special education school, as a "punitive dumping ground" for African-American students branded as "troublemakers."

UMES Gourmet Dinner tickets on sale

Oct 3, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

Tickets go on sale Oct. 5 for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s gourmet dining series; a long-time fall tradition.  This year, hospitality and tourism management students and faculty have planned a Veterans’ Day salute and a month later, a holiday celebration.

The five-course meals take place Nov. 11 and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center ballroom. Advanced tickets are required and can be purchased in the Henson Center, suite 2100, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, per meal.

While college costs continue to rise and more students are using debt to finance their higher education expenses, many families are concerned about finding a smart way to pay for their children’s future higher education. The State of Maryland offers two Section 529 college savings plans: The Maryland Prepaid College Trust and the Maryland College Investment Plan. Start with as little as $25 per month and choose from a variety of investment portfolio options managed and distributed by T. Rowe Price. Learn more at: maryland529.com


NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Wilmington University Executive Vice President LaVerne Harmon has been named the school's next president and will become the first black woman to lead a university in Delaware.

Local news organizations report that the university's board of trustees unanimously approved Harmon's selection last week. She is slated to take the reins in July.

Harmon has worked at the school since 1989. She earned her undergraduate degree at the university before getting her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.